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Summer Tanager : Villa La Jolla Park 13 MAY 2019

I observed a SUMMER TANAGER today, 13 May 2019, at Villa La Jolla Park around 2 pm. It was feeding in the Carrotwood Tree on the northeastern boundary of the park where the sidewalk enters the townhouse complex to the north. This particular Carrotwood Tree is very productive this time of year and western tanagers and warbling vireos feast in this tree each spring. Despite being rare but regular in the fall, this is the first SUTA spring report at this location in Ebird. This location pattern of being more rare in the spring is consistent with known vagrancy patterns for this species according to SD Bird Atlas.  Almost certainly this is a recently arriving spring vagrant, as this location is regularly birded and SUTA has not been reported here since last October, and that one was a fully red mature male. Photos are in following  ebird report.

 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56257877

 

Tito Gonzalez

Carlsbad, CA

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